Biosecurity – Prevention is Better Than Cure

GLOBAL - When it comes to viral respiratory diseases such as Infectious bronchitis (IB) and Newcastle Disease (ND), prevention is better than cure.
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Whilst these key infections can be prevented by appropriate vaccination, the best defence against disease challenges to a flock are effective biosecurity measures.

Typically, disease is brought onto the farm by some sort of vector (rodents, wild birds. contaminated clothing/footwear). Humans can carry viruses and bacteria in their nose and hair; flies, rats and birds can carry bacteria and viruses around for weeks transmitting them between farms.

Adequate biosecurity will minimise disease transmission and will ensure minimal disease carryover between flocks.

  • Prevent wild bird and rodent entry into house; check buildings, water supplies and feed storage facilities regularly for signs of wild birds or rodents.
  • Introduce an adequate rodent/wild bird control programme and good waste disposal practises (for feed, dead birds and litter).
  • Follow appropriate washing and disinfection procedures during cleanout.
  • Clean, disinfect and store equipment away from the house between flocks.
  • Provide showering facilities/clean clothing for personnel and visitors.
  • Keep the farm clean and tidy so as to not attract wild birds, rodents and flies.
  • Evaluate biosecurity procedures regularly.

Further Reading

Find out more information on infectious bronchitis and Newcastle disease by clicking here.
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